It was a weird and wonderful weekend for music. Everyone, from Ghostface Killah to Scarlett Johansson performed at a Brooklyn birthday party, Slayer set aside their thrashing to do a little animal fostering, and Billy Corgan let the world know the current state of all his old-timey grudges. Oh yeah, and Jonah Hill gave us his version of some Drake tracks. All that and more in today’s Music Dispatch!
Today we premiered U2‘s brand new music video for “California (There Is No End To Love),” which was animated by acclaimed street artist D*Face. Watch above and let us know if you get a Mario Kart Kalimari Desert vibe right around 1:53. The video is part of their Films of Innocence campaign which features a different video completed by an urban artist for each song off their new album Songs Of Innocence.
Jonah Hill and director Spike Jonze were on hand at the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Duggal Warehouse this weekend to celebrate Vice’s 20th Birthday. Hill sang Drake’s “Marvin’s Room” with Jonze on guitar, improvising the conversational introduction of the track. Other surprising guest appearances and performances included Scarlett Johansson covering New Order, Jarvis Cocker singing Celine Dion, Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Ghostface Killah, Meredith Graves, Stephen Malkmus, and, of course, Village Voice columnist Andrew WK acting as the night’s MC. Not a bad guest list for your birthday party. [More photos at Stereogum]
Slayer, the influential thrash metal band known for glorifying serial killers, necrophilia, and satanism, saved an adorable, helpless kitten named Gypsy over the weekend. The Show No Mercy rockers showed at least a modicum of mercy when, upon leaving an Indiana steakhouse, a homeless man offered to sell them his feline companion for one dollar. Assistant Tour Manager Jess Cortese took the little, freezing hairball, kept it warm through the could night on the tour bus, and brought it to the show the following day, where the band ultimately found it a permanent owner and a new home. This incident also led to quite possibly the most extreme kitten photo (or most adorable Slayer photo) of the week (see above). [NME]
If Courtney Love keeps going around town ending all her decades-old beefs with everyone, she may olive branch herself entirely out of relevancy. The latest ’90s alt rock artists the Hole singer has made peace with are Billy Corgan and Marilyn Manson, with the unlikely three appearing in an Instagram photo together with the caption: “See all hatchets buried and true love never dies in the heart.” Love and Corgan dated before she married Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, and their beef was intensified when she included a couple of Corgan’s song on her 2010 album Nobody’s Daughter without first asking permission. The Manson-Love feud was ignited in 1999 when Love’s Hole dropped from Manson’s tour only a handful of shows in. Corgan and Manson also had a long-standing beef after Manson once compared Corgan to Charlie Brown. Their hatchet is buried, too, as the two (who both have upcoming albums) performed together during a London show this weekend, footage of which is available at Stereogum. [Consequence of Sound]
Animal Collective turned in a challenging and psychedelic remix of”#CAKE”, by experimental rap duo Shabazz Palaces. What they are calling the “Animal Collective Premature Deflirt Mix” is a trippy and weird reimagining of an already pretty trippy and weird track. Previously, Shabazz Palaces provided a remix of Animal Collective’s “New Town Burnout”. [The Fader]
In other ’90s alt rock news, Billy Corgan spoke about his competitive respect for Love’s late husband, Kurt Cobain in a recent interview with The Independent, saying, “…whether we wanted to admit it or not, [Cobain] was quarterback of the football team, leading the aesthetic and integrity charge.” He also took the opportunity to take a couple jabs at Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, saying he found a way to make Cobain’s death about himself. May the grunge grudges of the 90s continue indefinitely. Smashing Pumpkins‘ new album, Monuments to an Elegy, comes out tomorrow. [Rollin Stone]
Random House will be publishing the long-awaited cookbook from Grizzly Bear bassist, Chris Taylor, and, no, the book won’t teach you how to stand in the middle of a river and catch live salmon with your teeth. Taylor first announced his plans in a 2012 Spin interview, explaining the concept would include “20 dinners, fully coursed, all seasonally relevant.” The cookbook is appropriately titled 20 Dinners and will be available this coming spring. [Pitchfork]
Timbaland likes his new track “UFO” (with Tink and Andre 3000) so much, he’s shared a low-quality, near full-length preview video from his recording studio. We can expect an official release in the very near future, if he feels it’s in a shape good enough to blast out to his followers. Recently, Timbaland pulled a similar stunt with the Rick Ross and Jay Z track “Moving Bass” (also featuring Tink), which Ross said was a disappointing move, but not that big of a deal. [MTV]
There are three new tracks from Billboard Women In Music award winner and Grammy-nominee, Charli XCX. Ahead of next week’s release of her sophomore album, Sucker, we get “Caught in the Middle”, “Die Tonight”, and “Famous”. Give them a listen over at Ultimate Music.
Wu-Tang Clan’s music video for the somewhat hopefully, somewhat cynically titled “A Better Tomorrow” features footage and audio from the recent protests in New York and Ferguson in response to the Mike Brown and Eric Garner decisions. The track also samples the great, socially-conscious track by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, “Wake Up Everybody”, the chorus of which echoes Wu-Tang’s activist sentiments: “The world won’t get no better, if we just let it be.” [Pitchfork]
ILoveMakkonen did a hilariously pithy Q&A via Twitter. When asked “Why Tuesday” (regarding his hit track “Tuesday”), Makonnen responded, “Well…. Less traffic?” When asked a second time, he said every other day was booked. He also stated some love for our Super Smash Bros brother, Ryan Hemsworth. Check out The Fader for their fifteen favorite tweet-sponses.
Ugh. The only thing worse than moving is moving because of a breakup. The latest video from operatic Night Terrors of 1927, “Waste of Time”, explores this theme with a guest appearance by Tegan & Sara, some Sia-esque dancing, and one of THESE moves. [NME]
Nikki Minaj was the guest performer on Saturday Night Live this past weekend, and impersonated Beyoncé in the hip-hop inspired skit, “Jingle Ballerz Special.” In the same sketch, James Franco played Riff Raff, a rapper who once planned to get litigious over James Franco’s Riff Raff-like character in the film Springbreakers, Alien. [Pitchfork]
We will be back on Wednesday with more Music Dispatch.